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May it be an important client pitch, a CEOs presentation or a business proposal, these 7 vital questions will decide the Fate of your Presentation:
1. Do you know the client audience well?
>> Make sure you know their background and their level of knowledge & understanding. If you’re pitching to a client, you might also have some smart guests (called Presentation Pests) so you better be prepared for what you need to say to them & what you should NOT say to them at all?
2. Have you organized the topic into subtopics?
>> Don’t assume your audience knows the topic as good as you! Most of the times they hardly do. Arranging topics & slides properly will ensure smooth delivery of concepts.
3. Have you listed the details YOU need to remember?
>> Make sure you are updated with recent statistical data on your topic, shall you be challenged by an oversmart manager!
4. Have you outlined the story & talk on cards, on a notepad or in a script?
>> Sometimes, when the topics are too detailed, its better to have small cards or script notes to ensure you don’t miss to deliver tiny important points. Having a story line adds a bit of a drama and creates more interest!
5. Have you selected the best visuals?
>> Make sure your pictures are not mere thumbnails stretched to full screen, not having other company’s logos on it. Choosing the perfect picture takes a lot more than just matching the topic & story, at times you need to consider the emotion, expression and gestures too. Probably, you may find it effective having a slide with a picture & a one-liner to grab attention.
6. Does everyone on the team understand what they are to do?
>> When presenting in a group, ensure that everyone in your team is in the same boat.
7. Has your team practiced the talk, the value-add lines and conducted a rehearsal?
>> While delivering your presentation, if you are demonstrating a product with the help of a team, I highly recommend to do atleast 2 rehearsals before you go live! This will aid in better co-ordination and understanding between the team members while on stage. Make sure each team members remembers their lines and also their peers in-case they need a backup.
Your presentation fails, if you don’t take care of any of These 7 Questions! To succeed in your Presentation, just get geared-up & answer the above Questions BEFORE you go live… for they guarantee 100% success!
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